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Cambridge researchers can now publish open access with no charge in journals that are part of "read & publish" or "transformative" agreements.

The University has open access publishing agreements with nearly 4,000 journals covered by a "read & publish" deal. 

The University of Cambridge has signed agreements with publishers to enable researchers at the University to publish their primary research and review articles open access. Authors submitting articles for publication in journals in these agreements will not be charged fees. Costs for open access publishing in the agreements have been met centrally, arranged by the University Library directly with the publisher or via Jisc, the licence negotiator for UK higher education. The agreements are known as “transformative" or "read & publish" agreements as they contribute to the global open access strategy, triggered in large part by cOAlitionS, to transition academic journals to open access.

Specifically, the agreements constitute the third route (“transition of subscription venues”) to compliance with Plan S, the plan of the coalition of research funders to ensure research funded by public money is published open access.  As the name indicates, it is required that hybrid journals (publishing articles both behind paywalls and open access in the agreements) will transition to fully open access journals by 2024. As the OA2020 vision puts it, the agreements are ultimately serving to replace the “subscription business model with new models that ensure outputs are open and re-usable”.

Each of the new agreements are on a “read & publish” model until 2024 that sees a commitment from the University, the publishers, and the research funders to repurpose current funding to significantly escalate the volume of research published open access.  The aim is to achieve, by 2024, 100% open access publishing for all UK higher education authors opting to publish in journals in the agreements.

Current "read & publish" agreements

The University has signed “read & publish” agreements with Cambridge University Press, Institute of Physics PublishingSpringer and Wiley. It is expected that agreements with other major publishers are to come on stream soon. 

In recognition of the different business models that pertain for learned society publishers and the importance of society journals as publishing venues for Cambridge authors, the University is actively supporting the transition to open access in this space by subscribing to “read & publish” agreements with the Microbiology Society, the European Respiratory Society, Portland Press/Biochemical Society, and The Company of Biologists.

The following sections provide details about each of these "read & publish" agreements, including a link for each to a list of the journals included for open access publishing.

To see all the journals included in all the agreements, you can use the read & publish journals list. You can use this tool to search for a journal title, or to browse the journals included by title, e-ISSN, or by publisher.  A link to the home page of each journal is also provided. Please note that the read & publish journals list is updated when a new "read & publish" agreement is signed to include that agreement’s journals for open access publishing, as well as whenever a journal is “flipped” from subscription to hybrid or gold open access and is newly included for open access publishing in an existing agreement.

Publishers with "read & publish" agreements

Cambridge University Press

The University has signed a transformative agreement with Cambridge University Press to enable unlimited open access publishing of research, review, or rapid communication format articles by University of Cambridge corresponding authors from 1 January 2020. 

The Company of Biologists

The University has signed a transformative agreement with The Company of Biologists that provides unlimited, immediate open access publishing for all University of Cambridge corresponding authors in the Society’s three hybrid journals:

European Respiratory Society

The University has a signed a transformative agreement with the European Respiratory Society for unlimited open access publishing for all University of Cambridge corresponding authors in the European Respiratory Journal, the flagship journal of the European Respiratory Society.

Institute of Physics Publishing

The University has signed a transformative agreement with the Institute of Physics that provides unlimited open access publishing of research articles by University of Cambridge corresponding authors from 1 January 2020 in 45 of the IOPP hybrid journals. The remaining “partner-hybrid” journals published by IOPP are expected to join the agreement from the start of 2021.

Microbiology Society

The University has signed a transformative agreement with the Microbiology Society for unlimited, immediate open access publishing for manuscripts, where the corresponding author is at the University of Cambridge.

Portland Press/Biochemical Society

The University has signed a transformative agreement with Portland Press for an uncapped number of open access articles for corresponding authors from the University of Cambridge in all seven of of Portland Press' journals (five hybrid titles plus two full-OA journals).

Springer

The University subscribes to the Springer Compact agreement for effectively unlimited open access publishing of all research articles by University of Cambridge corresponding authors in journals in the agreement, in place until 31 December 2021. 

Wiley

The University has signed a transformative agreement with Wiley for open access publishing for corresponding authors from the University of Cambridge. There is an annual funding cap which progressively transitions to 100% open access publishing over the term of the agreement. This agreement is in place until 31 December 2023.

Terms of the agreements

In each of these agreements all staff and students of the University may read journals published in the agreements and all researchers in the University may publish articles in the journals without incurring any article processing charge.

Identification as corresponding author

In order for your article submission to qualify as eligible under the agreements, you must be the responsible corresponding author and affiliated with the University of Cambridge.  In the article submission process you must identify yourself as affiliated with the University of Cambridge and/or you must use your @cam.ac.uk email address (or sub-domain in the format YourCRSid@xxxx.cam.ac.uk).

Please note the corresponding author is the author handling the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process and has authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper.

Article licence types available

All articles submitted in the agreements are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) licence by default.  If you require to publish under a CC BY-ND (NonDerivative) licence exception may be made by notification to the publisher in the article submission process.

How to get help and further advice

For any enquiry about the information on this page or for help in the article submission process please contact the Open Access Team.

Last updated 17 March 2020